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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archives
    Title: Jacqueline Bacharach office records
    Creator: Bacharach, Jacqueline
    Creator: Los Angeles County Transportation Commission
    Identifier/Call Number: 02-DPGTL
    Physical Description: 3.34 linear feet, 9 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1982-2000
    Abstract: This collection primarily holds reports, studies and business correspondence retained by Jacqueline "Jacki" Bacharach during her service on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC). It reflects transit planning in Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s. During this period, the LACTC was tasked with coordinating an array of local transit agencies and government bodies to efficiently develop countywide mass transit, including the reintroduction of rail mass transit to Los Angeles County.
    Physical Location: LACMTA Research Library and Archive

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact LACMTA Research Library and Archive to make an appointment.

    Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the LACMTA Research Library and Archive. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the LACMTA Research Library and Archive as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the LACMTA Research Library and Archive collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jacqueline Bacharach office records, 02-DPGTL. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency Research Library and Archive.

    Acquisition Information

    Bacharach donated her materials to the LACMTA archives in 2006.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Patrick A. Stawski, 2006.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Jacqueline "Jacki" Bacharach was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1966, and was active in the Young Democrats as a student.
    In Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Bacharach was elected to city council in 1980 and served until 1993. This included three terms as mayor (1981-1982; 1983-1984; 1988-1989) under the small city’s council-manager structure, in which council members rotate through the mayoral position.
    Bacharach served on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) from 1982 to 1994. She was elected chairwoman of the commission in 1985. In these roles, she was a prominent advocate for passenger rail transit and strengthening cooperation between transit agencies.
    LACTC was created by the California State Legislature in 1976 as part of the County Transportation Commissions Act. The mandate of the commissions was to oversee mass transit planning and policy setting at the regional level, coordinating the previously disparate efforts of local agencies and government bodies involved in mass transit construction and operations. The LACTC consisted primarily of elected representatives from both county and municipal governments. It operated until 1993, when it merged with the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) to form LACMTA.
    Bacharach chaired the Planning and Mobility Improvement Committee for most of her years on the LACTC. She was part of the inter-county agency that spearheaded commuter rail in the five counties of Southern California, and was its first chairwoman when it became the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) in 1991, the authority that now operates Metrolink service. As Los Angeles began to rebuild passenger rail service, Bacharach also headed the Rail Construction Corporation and the Blue Line Committee.
    Post-LACTC, Bacharach has done consulting work through her firm Jacki Bacharach & Associates (founded 1993) and served as executive director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG). Other roles have included serving on the State Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century, the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation, and President Bill Clinton’s Transition Team Transportation Cluster Group.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists mainly of reports, studies, and correspondence produced by the LACTC. Please see individual series descriptions for more detail.
    Another important source for researchers interested in Jacki Bacharach is the Los Angeles Transportation Commission (LACTC) Collection at the MTA Archives. Especially significant is Series #7: Board Meeting Minutes. The meeting minutes are in digital format; researchers can use a Google search option to search the meeting minutes for "Bacharach". Researchers can access this series via the LACMTA Research Library and Archive intranet website, under the section titled "Board of Directors Policy Archives". Please contact the LACMTA Research Library and Archive for more information.


    This collection is primarily arranged chronologically and by subject matter. Material that was part of larger binders of documents has been arranged according to its original order. Oversized materials, which are mainly maps, are found in Box 9 of the collection. This collection is arranged in the following 10 series:
    1. Long-Term Planning and Audits, 1982-1984
    2. Projects, Services and Policies, 1982-1985
    3. National and International Transit Systems, 1982-1984
    4. Long Beach – Los Angeles Rail Transit Project, 1982-1984
    5. Environmental Impact Reports, 1982-1988
    6. LACTC/SCRTD Merger, 1985-1990
    7. Transit Studies in Southern California Corridors, 1985-1991
    8. Workshops and Committee Meetings, 1991-1992
    9. Alameda Corridor; Directories and Manuals, 1992-1993.
    10. Jacki Bacharach and Associates Transit Studies, 1992-2002, 2012.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Local transit -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Local transit -- Design and construction -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Local transit -- Community relations -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
    Rail Construction Corporation
    Southern California Rapid Transit District
    Los Angeles County Transportation Commission